In its 35 years of operating, Panadería La Unión has supported and been home to thousands of touring cyclists in Patagonia. Unfortunately, we’ve just learned that it caught fire and burned down last month. There’s now a crowdfunding campaign underway to purchase machinery for the bakery. Learn more here…

Our friend Federico Cabrera (@theironlyportrait) recently wrote us from Tierra del Fuego with the distressing news that Panadería La Unión, the well-known bakery located around 65 miles from Ushuaia, Argentina, near the southern terminus of the Pan-American Highway, caught fire and burned to the ground late last month. Beyond just providing pastries, the bakery has been hosting and supporting weary cyclists with hot showers, beds, and wifi for decades, never asking for anything in return.

Panaderia La Union
  • Panaderia La Union
Photos by Federico Cabrera

There’s now a crowdfunding campaign underway to raise 10,000 Euros to purchase new machinery for the bakery, which is roughly 80% of the way to its goal. You can learn more or make a donation on GoFundMe. You’re also invited to leave a message of encouragement over on the bakery’s Facebook. And despite the loss of their building, the folks behind La Unión are now operating out of their old warehouse, where they’re still hosting cyclists—a testament to the spirit of owner Emilio Sáeaz and his team.

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